Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2017
Pale gold hue color with glints of green. Rich, complicated nose and clean acidity with a long finish.
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The 2017 Femina is an unoaked Malvasia coming in with good acidity and 13.9% alcohol. I'm not sure if there is any single wine on Crete that I'd rather drink than this summer refresher. That doesn't necessarily mean it is the best, but it does mean it fulfills its purposes perfectly. And it has the virtue of being inexpensive too. It is typically a bit grassy and green on opening, but that changes to spice as it airs out. It is typically dense for the level, tightly wound and very fresh, and this year continues that trend. It adds a big, lively finish. Plus, as it aired and warmed, it showed more nuance into the mid-60s (Fahrenheit), becoming less green but spicier, while still filled with flavor. It can be drunk young, but it should hold for at least 5 years, mybe more.
Douloufakis Winery is widely recognized in Greece for its excellence in traditional winemaking -- with a focus on the future.
In 1930, Dimitris Douloufakis became one of the first winemakers in Crete to produce wines professionally in his traditional, old winery. A consistent award winner, Dimitris’s grandson, Nikolas, now runs the winery carrying on his grandfather’s traditional practices, but with modern equipment in a new facility.
The privately owned vineyards are certified 100% organic and span over 70 acres reaching 1,800 feet elevation in Dafnes, a village close to Iraklio. This region has a long history in viticulture and also has been established as a Protected Designation of Origin for Liatiko wines. In addition to the natural choice of Liatiko, Nikolas grows other indigenous varieties such as Kotsifali, Vilana, Vidiano, along with other international varieties such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay.
As one of Greece’s largest island’s, its wines enjoyed high glory during the Middle Ages. Today Crete is full of ambitious winemakers with the city of Heraklion as its viticultural hub.
Persistent with jasmine aromas and tropical fruit flavors, both grape and name are far-reaching. Approximately 70 registered grapes contain Malvasia as part of their name or are listed as a synonym. The French call it Malvoisie, Germans call it Malvasier, British say Malmsey and confusingly one variety double-times under the alias, Boal, on the island of Madeira. In any case, Italy has more forms of Malvasia than any other country: Malvasia Bianca di Candia, Malvasia di Candia Aromatico and the red-skinned Malvasia di Casorzo from Piedmont. The list goes on. Somm Secret—The actual name could stem from an Italian mispronunciation of Monemvasia, a southern Greek port.